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Wakefield, West Yorkshire
£70,000 - £80,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
This recruiter is scheduling interviews as the applications come in. So apply now!
Job description

Vacancy:  Director of Finance

  • Director of Finance
  • £70 - 80,000
  • Full time 
  • Permanent 
  • Wakefield, West Yorkshire, with flexible working policy in place
  • Directorate: Finance

About us  

Penny Appeal was set up in 2009 to provide poverty relief across Asia, the Middle East and Africa by offering water solutions, organising mass feedings, supporting orphan care, and providing emergency aid. We’ve come a long way since then and have grown tremendously in the past 11 years!

We’ve transformed lives and empowered communities, helping to break the poverty cycle and build brighter futures. Over the past few years, our work has expanded and our teams have grown considerably, allowing us to launch new campaigns and work in even more crisis-hit countries. As well as strengthening communities in over 30 countries around the world, we also make it a point to support vulnerable people here in the UK, too.

Each of our projects are carefully designed to be accessible and effective. They are a wonderful blend of emergency support, short-term relief, and longer-term sustainable solutions. Our way of approaching relief means that we can save lives immediately, improve situations in the coming days and transform communities for years to come.

At Penny Appeal, people are at the heart of everything we do. Every one of our projects are tailor-made to meet the needs of those we support and benefit as many people in need as possible, in ways that cost our generous donors just a little bit of loose change each day.

Vision

Transform small change into a big difference for those who need us most 

Mission

Inspired by the universal values of the Islamic faith, Penny Appeal’s mission is to serve all those in need at home and abroad 

Strategic aims: 

Within 5 years - 

  1. Best in class Muslim charity 
  1. Sunday Times top 100 businesses to work for 
  1. Most recognizable Muslim charity in the world 
  1. Raise over £100 million per annum for good 

Key facts:  

  • We are a British Muslim led charity 
  • Our HQ is in Wakefield, West Yorkshire.  We have approximately 160 staff based in the UK, with many more across the world
  • UK staff have been working from home for the last 18 months, but we are instigating a move back into a brand new office in early 2022, coupled with a new flexible working policy
  • Please read our latest Annual Report here

About the role 

Are you looking for a new opportunity where you can use your talent to really make a difference in one of the UK’s fastest growing charities? This is a highly specialist role that has responsibility for the financial strategy, financial governance, financial operations and financial controls of the charity.  We are seeking someone who is solutions orientated, can take the initiative, and displays effective decision making. Someone who has significant experience of initiating, delivering, leading and embedding change initiatives.

Responsibilities:

Finance

  • Develop strategic financial plans working with the CEO and the Board of Trustees.
  • Providing strong and effective strategic leadership for all financial functions of the charity. This is inclusive of robust strategic financial direction across the Global Penny Appeal Family embedding a strong culture of value for money, accountability and strong financial control.
  • Providing the charity with robust and thorough analysis of P&L’s, data and business insight to ensure informed decision making, including detailed payback analysis of marketing and fundraising spend to inform future direction and decisions.
  • Overseeing the preparation of relevant financial data to be presented to different levels of stakeholders, including detailed monthly management accounts, cost centre reports and budget variance analysis.
  • Prepare and present relevant and impactful financial information to the Board of Trustees and make effective recommendations based on this.
  • Developing and monitoring financial processes and controls within the Finance department and throughout the organisation.
  • Ensure Finance is acting as an effective business partner to all other areas of the organisation.
  • Managing the end to end process of external statutory audits and ensure statutory reporting and financial compliance across the business.
  • Company-wide financial planning and budget preparation and management.
  • Overall responsibility for working capital management (cash flow forecasting, debtor management, strong income and expenditure controls etc).
  • Identifying and managing commercial opportunities and helping to drive revenue increases and increased efficiencies across the organisation.
  • Implementing and maintaining a strong cost control environment throughout the organisation.
  • To ensure sector standards are applied in all programme expenditure and particularly ensure end use of funds in branches of affiliated offices and high-risk countries.
  • To develop robust controls for all areas of finance inclusive of procurement and tendering, expenses, cash management, payments processing, etc.
  • Ensure the effective, controlled and timely completion of all finance operations and the maintenance of all required accounting records.
  • Developing an investment strategy and effective financial management of any trading subsidiaries.
  • Completing detailed financial analysis of any specific projects or proposals as required.

Governance and Leadership

  • As a member of the senior management team, assist in the development, implementation, review and maintenance of organisational policies including Health and Safety, Staff Welfare, Conflicts of Interest and all those required by regulatory bodies and sector standards for INGO’s applying best practices.
  • Ensure Finance operations adhere to all regulatory and legal requirements.
  • Develop and maintain a full and robust Finance operational risk assessment and ensure adequate controls are in place.
  • Sit on the Executive Committee along with the senior staff members (led by the CEO) and play an active role in shaping both the long and short term planning for the organisation.
  • Implement effective succession planning, people management, development, recruitment, and retention strategies.
  • Help advise and manage essential matters arising that require senior input as per the direction of the CEO.
  • Develop and mentor members of the Finance team, ensuring that appropriate technical skills are in place.
  • Executive oversight of Internal Audit and Compliance functions, as required.
  • When appropriate represent the charity publicly through effective ambassadorship.

About you 

For us, it’s not just what we do, it’s how we do it.  Our values are important to us and we’re looking for people who will live and breathe them.

Required:

  • Chartered Accountant (ACA, ACCA or CIMA)
  • Proven track record of effective senior leadership experience
  • Management of a Finance Department in a fast-paced growth organisation
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • A track record of promoting learning and capacity building.
  • Strategic thinking, highly organised, outcome focused and target driven 
  • Strong people skills, including managing people working remotely, and networking externally
  • Sound project management skills including project proposal development, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Ability to develop systems and processes to manage and deliver required objectives
  • Commitment to equality of opportunity and diversity.

Desirable  

  • Contemporary understanding of issues and challenges facing humanitarian organisations.
  • Previous experience of managing large diverse multi-disciplinary teams including distance management.

Additional information  

Safeguarding: We are an organisation that takes safeguarding very seriously.  All staff will be expected to adhere to our policies, processes, and approach.

Applying: Please send a statement (of no more than 2 sides of A4, font size 11) clearly outlining how you match our requirements, as well as a two-page CV outlining your professional, volunteering experience, education/qualifications and any other relevant information.  Please state the job title in the email title.

Deadline: We are running a rolling a recruitment, so reserve the right to close the post at any point.  Please don’t delay in getting your application in to us!

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Posted on: 01 December 2021
Closing date: 30 December 2021
Job ref: Job Reference 07
Tags: Finance

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